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  • n. Plural form of positivist.


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  • Like many Latin American positivists, he re garded the people as ignorant and undisciplined and was therefore contemptuous of universal suffrage.


  • José Victorino Lastarria believed that positivism would provide the philosophical basis for the national progress of Chile, although he had a greater faith in political freedom than did many Latin American positivists.


  • The positivists were the brains of the republican movement which brought about the fall of the Empire in 1889, and Benjamin Constant was its leading intel - lectual figure.


  • Hey, all you quitters and whiners: If it's bad and it hurts, even as it keeps getting worse, you have to try harder, have faith, and above all, think positive! argument against the positivists is their belief that, "If optimism is the key to material success, and if you can achieve an optimistic outlook through the discipline of positive thinking, then there is no excuse for failure." veterans Main RSS Feed

  • Until 1933, German lawyers where extreme "positivists", i.e. they strictly seperated law and morality as you suggest.

    "The Reader" is a law movie.

  • I should think she should also realize that we happy 'positivists' are also trying to contain the worst impulses of human nature, but those sorry worst include the fuzzy tendency to reify wishful thinking into a collection of demanding gods and indignant priests.


  • "positivists," Saint-Simon and Comte, of whom I have still to speak -

    The Idea of Progress An inguiry into its origin and growth

  • "positivists," that is to say, elevating Auguste Comte, who has his place in the history of philosophy, but not here, because he was not a good writer; both were positivists, but Renan possessed a lively and profound sense of the grandeur and the moral beauty of Christianity, Taine being imbued with more philosophic strictness.

    Initiation into Literature

  • "positivists," they are fond of calling themselves -- who will tell you that religious thought is a mere survival, an atavistic reversion to a type of consciousness which humanity in its more enlightened examples has long since left behind and out-grown.

    Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature

  • And in a land of contradictions the so-called progressives turn to empiricists and positivists and to the chatter of journalists for guidance.

    Matthew Yglesias » Influential Books


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